Job Title:Founder and CEO
Employer:FOCI Solutions
Grad Year:2003
Degree(s):B. Eng. (Computer Systems)
Major(s):Computer Systems Engineering
Expertise:Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology and Services
Industry:Engineering, Information Technology and Services

What makes you a good mentor?

I was fortunate to have had solid mentors throughout my school years and continue to rely on them today for advice. I wouldn't have been able to get to where I am today without the help of people from various industries and professions offering me their ear, whether formally or not. As an alumnus of Carleton, I relish the opportunity to pay that forward.

About Shan Gu

Shan is the founder and CEO of Foci Solutions, a local software consultancy focused on coaching and mentorship of engineering teams for rapidly scaling software companies. Shan has spent over 20 years working in technology with a wide gamut of experiences: ranging from business development for a basement startup to delivering multi-million dollar solutions for a large global system integrator. He believes in the power of mentorship and the need to invest in actively developing the next generation of technology leaders.

Shan graduated from Carleton in 2003 with a Bachelors of Engineering, Computer Systems, and a Minor in Business. He was also a recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award in 2020.